Dreaming the Future: Sleepovers in Sustainable Church Pods

The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division support more than 16,000 Church of England buildings across the country. As times change, the organisation is finding innovative ways to make these buildings Fit For the Future. We catch up with Ruth Knight, their Environmental Policy Officer, to find out more.

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Network Good News Feed

Welcome to our very first Network Good News Feed. In these monthly posts, we’ll be shouting about some of the inspiring work being done by our members and celebrating their recent achievements. Here are July’s stories

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Retrofit and Carbon Reduction: Behind the Scenes of a Superhome

The SuperHome eco open house events take place throughout September, when you can explore local homes and be inspired by retrofit work and impressive energy savings. Jacob Morris-Davies, project officer and blogger for the SuperHomes team, brings us this case study of a Camden home to showcase what the events are all about.

Eenergy efficiency: heritage retrofit, Energy efficiency: modern building
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The Sensitive Retrofit of Traditional Buildings in the Commercial Sector

Claire Truman recently attended our Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings conference, and we were delighted when she agreed to write a guest news piece for us. Claire is an Associate at EPR Architects, a BREEAM Accredited Professional and RIBA Conservation Registrant. Having worked at specialist practices – for ‘green’ architecture, and separately conservation – she now looks to bring these successfully together. 

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The Responsible Retrofit Conference 2015 in pictures

This year we teamed up with Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) to produce a national conference that would raise awareness and tackle the problem of irresponsible retrofit for traditional buildings. The idea was to bring together loads of different organisations under one roof, for a day of sharing best practice, networking and lively discussions.

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Oxfam Rises to the Carbon Reduction Challenge

Network members, Oxfam Great Britain, are undertaking extensive energy reduction work at their UK shops. To find out more about it, we caught up with Johanna Gosling, manager of Oxfam’s internal programme for environmental sustainability in UK operations.

Energy/ Environmental monitoring and reporting, Energy Efficiency, Energy efficiency: modern building, LED lighting installs
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Field Studies Council Achieves Carbon Trust Standard

Network member and environmental education charity, the Field Studies Council, has set ambitious carbon reduction targets across its twenty UK sites. We catch up with Mark Bolland, FSC’s Director of Operations, to find out more about what’s been involved in achieving an impressive 20% total reduction in emissions over the past three years.

Renewable energy, Energy/ Environmental monitoring and reporting, Energy Efficiency
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UK Conference to tackle Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings

The Fit for the Future Network has teamed up with the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance to present this national conference on Responsible Retrofit with support from the National Trust, Bristol City Council, CoRE, Sustainable Homes, CSE and Bristol Green Capital. Join us at At-Bristol on the 3rd of June for discussions, workshops and training led by the UK’s most experienced organisations. Early bird tickets are now available until the end of April.

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Wetland Biomass to Bioenergy Project Reaches Conclusion

Core Network members, The RSPB, have been working on a ground-breaking biomass to bioenergy project with the Department of Energy and Climate Change. RSPB’s Bioenergy Project Manager, Sally Mills, described the positive implications this could have for habitat management on our news pages last year. We catch up with her again for an overview of the finished project and to find out what happens next.

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Sustainable Retail on Regent Street with The Crown Estate

The Crown Estate holds almost the entire freehold to London’s iconic Regent Street, where approximately 20,000 employees work within grade II listed buildings. Already pioneering sustainability, The Crown Estate has become the first to bring bees into the West End, and is currently setting up rooftop allotments.

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